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Loads for M1A

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by F106 Fan, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

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    Anybody have any favorite loads for the M1A? I think I would like to be in the range of NATO bullet weight and velocity (I think).

    Back in the early '80s, I got some German NATO surplus ammo. Man, could that stuff shoot. I have never come close since.

    Richard
     
  2. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    178gr Hornady AMAX, BLC-2 46.2gr, CCI No. 34 primers. Very light factory crimp.
     

  3. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

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    The best load I've found that duplicates NATO ball ammunition is a 147 to 150 grain bullet with 43.0 grains of H-335. This load is safe in any case but will be milder in commercial cases compared to military cases, it's a still an excellent load in both. Try to find CCI #34 primers, also called Blount #34 primers. Remington 9 1/2 M primers are very similar.
     
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  4. fredj338

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    42gr of 4895 & a 147grFMJ, pretty much what my M1 (rebbl to 308) used to live on when I loaded it on a ss press. Now on a progressive, I am changing to TAC or AA2520, still do load workups.
     
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  5. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    That's weird my 2 M1A's 1 a Socom seem to really like heavier bullets, 168 +
     
  6. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    150 fmj or 168 bthp (if you feel like you aren't spending enough dough) and IMR 4895.

    Read Unclebob's link, pay particular attention at pg 10. Understanding port pressure is important.
     
  7. F106 Fan

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  8. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    I am talking about a 178gr is where my rifles excel. Not talking about spending money. I shoot 147 by the 500ct box. But if your looking for accuracy, for me its 178 AMAX. For just normal shooting I use 147 bi-metal Winchester etc. Loaded with TAC, 748, Varget, BLC-2 and if I'm really being anal ill use 3031 and trickle.. But not often for auto-loaders.
     
  9. Chuckc

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    I have had good luck with the following:

    168 gr Sierra HPBT, 41.5 gr AA 2520, Fed Primer, LC Brass (100-300 yds)
    175 gr Sierra HPBT, 42 gr AA 2520 " Fed Primer, ( 600 yds)